Photography after sunset, very often considered impossible and difficult at best, is something which can be equally rewarding and challenging. It is attempted by very few because of ignorance and preconceived notions that it may not be possible. On the contrary, night photography is very easy. A spirit of experimentation and curiosity is the only requirement. Exposure tests are recommended.
[...] The lens aperture should be f-4 or lower, otherwise the exposure time would be inconveniently long. The effect of stray light and reflections is greatly increased by the darkness and the very long exposure, so the lens should be equipped with a really efficient lens hood. A piece of black card can be held in front of the lens to prevent the light from passing vehicles to fall on the lens. The Right Films As mentioned before, for scenes illuminated by artificial-light, balanced films are ideal. [...]
[...] This phenomenon affects color photography more than black-and-white photography. In practice, exposure can safely be doubled for lighting levels which would require exposure times between one and 10 seconds, trebled between about quarter minute and increased four-fold for longer exposures. The Right Equipment Any camera that will take a time exposure is suitable for taking pictures by moonlight. It should be mounted on a very steady tripod because of the long exposure needed. Preferably the camera should have both normal and long-focus lenses so that the moon can be photographed separately on an enlarged scale. [...]
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